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Cultural and Social Anthropology: Applied Anthropology (track)


Do you want to take anthropology outside the university and collaborate with organisations such as governments, companies, and NGO's and help them tackle questions such as: How can museums diversify their visitors? How can the municipality support bottom-up green initiatives? In Applied Anthropology you'll do in-depth fieldwork and translate your findings to non-academic audiences.


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Discover the Master's tracks in Cultural and Social Anthropology

The Master's programme Cultural and Social Anthropology offers three tracks.  Applied Anthropology is one of them.

The other tracks are:

Study programme

We provide a distinctive programme in which:

  • You learn how to present yourself as an anthropological professional to the world outside academia, as well as to employ creative ways to bring your anthropological ideas across to often non-academic audiences.
  • You conduct a qualitative fieldwork in a wide range of regional, thematic and theoretical specialisations that leads to an ethnographically rich and theoretically informed thesis.
What is Applied Anthropology?

Dr Laurens Bakker explains Applied Anthropology in this video.

Academic staff

The research conducted by the UvA Anthropology department is well recognised. Our staff is committed to both teaching and research. The programme director of the MSc in Cultural and Social Anthropology is Dr Yatun Sastramidjaja.


Applied anthropologists are hired in:

  • companies
  • NGOS
  • other institutions to conduct research and offer valuable advice

The insights and skills you gain during your fieldwork research make you well-equipped to set up and manage (research) projects. You can reach and communicate with different groups of people. Also, you'll be able to accommodate the wishes and demands of a partner organisation using your anthropological knowledge, views and skills.

Qualitative research on subject of your own choice

Translation of research findings to non-academic audiences

Close-knit community

Room for creativity

Is Applied Anthropology for you?

  1.  Do you take pleasure in wrestling with anthropological theory?
  2. Do you like to take initiative and find creative solutions for a partner organization?
  3. Are you interested in translating anthropological knowledge and methods to practical applications?
  4. Do you want to address contemporary challenges and solve real-world problems using in-depth ethnographic knowledge?
  5. Do you take the challenge to making anthropology work in sectors where there is a need for nuance, critical new insights and innovative approaches?

Then Applied Antropology might be the right track for you!

Facts & Figures
Degree programme MSc Cultural and Social Anthropology
Mode Full-time
Credits 60 ECTS, 12 months
Language of instruction English
Starts in September
CROHO code 66614
Location Roeterseiland campus